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Krannert Executive Conference for Human Resources Professionals: Keynotes

Dr. Mark A. Huselid


Dr. Mark Huselid is Distinguished Professor II of HR Strategy in the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) at Rutgers University.  Dr. Huselid’s current academic research and consulting activities focus on the linkages between HR management systems, corporate strategy, and firm performance.  In addition, he also has an active research and consulting program focused on the development of balanced measurement systems to reflect the contribution of the workforce, workforce management systems, and the HR management function to business success. 

Dr. Huselid was the Editor of the Human Resource Management Journal from 2000-2004, and is a current or former member of numerous professional and academic boards.  Dr. Huselid is a frequent speaker to professional and academic audiences, having delivered over 500 presentations throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa. 

Dr. Huselid's first book The HR Scorecard: Linking People, Strategy & Performance (with Brian Becker and Dave Ulrich) was published in 2001 by the Harvard Business Press (HBP).  The HR Scorecard has been translated into ten languages and is an international bestseller.  His second book The Workforce Scorecard: Managing Human Capital to Execute Strategy (with Brian Becker and Dick Beatty) was published by the HBP in 2005.  The Workforce Scorecard has also been translated into ten languages and is also an international bestseller.  His latest book The Differentiated Workforce: Transforming Talent Into Strategic Impact (with Brian Becker and Dick Beatty) was published by the HBP in April, 2009.  Huselid’s two new books Revolutionizing Talent Leadership for Strategic Advantage and Strategic Work and Managerial Accountability are currently in development. 

Dr. Huselid lives in Princeton Junction, NJ, with his wife and two children.


Ms. Andra H. Liepa


Andra H. Liepa was named vice president, Human Resources & Communications for the Security Technologies sector of Ingersoll Rand in March 2011.  Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies is a global organization that delivers security products, solutions and services to commercial and institutional facilities, with annual revenues of $1.7B and 7,000 employees.  Andra serves on the Security Technologies Leadership Team and the Ingersoll Rand HR Leadership Team.  In addition, she is a member of the Progressive, Diverse, & Inclusive (PDI) Council for the enterprise and a member of the Ingersoll Rand Foundation board.  Her primary areas of responsibility include leadership and organizational development, talent management, internal communications and employee engagement.

Andra joined Ingersoll Rand in 2008 as the vice president, Human Resources for the Americas region of Security Technologies.  Prior to joining the company, she held Human Resources roles of increasing responsibility at Eli Lilly & Company and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, two global pharmaceutical companies.  Prior to starting her career in Human Resources, she worked in various manufacturing roles for General Electric Company.

Andra holds an MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.  She serves on the board of directors for KIPP Indianapolis, an open-enrollment college-preparatory public school for underserved students.


Mr. Brian M. Jones


Brian joined American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:  AEO) in July 2009 as Sr. Director of Human Resources.  His primary role is leading the HR function for the Logistics organization.  In his role he is responsible for aligning the HR function to support the global logistics strategy, primarily in the areas of talent acquisition and development, performance management and rewards, benefits, labor and associate relations.  Brian is also currently the HR functional lead on AE’s global expansion team.  Prior to AE he worked for YRC Worldwide as the Corporate HR Director, serving as business partner for the CFO, Chief Marketing Officer, General Counsel and their respective organizations.  He also worked as HR Director for the Americas supporting the US, Canada, Mexico and South America geographies.  Prior to YRC, Brian worked for the Raytheon Company in a series of domestic and international Human Resource & Labor Relations leadership roles, and is a graduate of their Leadership Development Program.  Brian is certified in Six Sigma, is a professional mentor for the Blue Valley Department of Education’s Center for Advanced Professional Studies and is an advisor and guest lecturer for the University of Kansas’s School of Business.

Brian has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Honors from the University of Kansas.  Brian resides in Leawood, Kansas with his wife, Alyssa, daughter Adelaide, and son Barrett.